Latest Issue: August 2014
Airbus launches the A330neo family, Japan’s Mitsubishi ATD-X Shinshin is rolled out, RAF Sentinels reprieved, Sikorsky gets CRH-60 order, Draken buys Aero Vodochody L-159As, Etihad confi rms record 777X order, Bangladesh orders AW139s,RNZAF T-6C Texan II fl ies and Moody AFB becomes the preferred training base for Afghanistan’s Super Tucanos.
HMS Queen Elizabeth christened, France retires the Mirage F1, AMXs leave Afghanistan, QF-16 survives live-fi re test, Myanmar looks to build the JF-17, Su-25s rushed to Iraq, Il-22PP begins state trials, production HondaJet fl ies, Citation X+ is certifi ed, Airbus rolls out the fi rst A320neo, MRJ prototype comes together and the last CH-147F is delivered.
LEADING NEWS STORIES
Air New Zealand welcomes the Boeing 787-9
Chris Kjelgaard visited Everett to take part in the celebrations.
Filling the Gap
The European Defence Agency is working on a multiproject approach to tackle the shortage of tanker capability on the continent, as Kees van der Mark found out.
Buffs, Spirits & Bow Waves
Ian Harding and Matthew Clements report on a deployment of B-2 and B-52 bombers to the UK.
Etihad Edges Nearer to Alitalia
Mark Broadbent describes Etihad’s bid to buy Italian airline Alitalia.
HIGH-TECH IN HAMBURG
Lufthansa Technik is the world’s largest, most technologically sophisticated aircraft maintenance and technical services group. Chris Kjelgaard finds out what makes it tick.
FRANCE’S AIR DEFENDERS – PART 1
The French Air Force has one of Europe’s most comprehensive air defence networks, including Mirage 2000 and Rafale fighters, as Henri-Pierre Grolleau explains in the first of a two-part feature.
THE SOLAR SPIRIT
The zero emissions Solar Impulse is being prepared for a round-the-world fl ight that its creators hope will show what clean technology can achieve. Mark Broadbent reports.
TURKISH WAR GAMES
Riccardo Niccoli visits Konya Air Base in mid-western Turkey for the latest edition of exercise Anatolian Eagle.
Despite an engine incident, Bombardier says its CSeries airliner will enter service in the second half of 2015. James Careless reviews the programme.
Andreas Rupprecht describes increased tensions between China and Japan after China established an air defence zone over disputed islands in the East China Sea.
A new look and a revised network – change is under way at Europe’s largest regional airline. Mark Broadbent outlines.
Chris Kjelgaard details the design of the F-35’s propulsion systems and reports on development possibilities.
The Faroe Islands’ national airline is profitable despite the operational and commercial demands it has to face, considers Dominik Sipinski.
Alexander Mladenov details the features, uses and development of the Ka-226 utility helicopter.
INNOVATION AT EASYJET
Highly sophisticated technology is being trialled by the low-cost airline easyJet to make its operations even more efficient, as Mark Broadbent explains.